A question has been bouncing around in my head quite frequently over the past couple of weeks. It started when I had coffee with my friend Heather. We were discussing work, and in talking about things others were doing, this question came up: “What is the end game?”
Which made me think: What is my end game? What is it that I'm seeking when I feel FOMO or go into protective mode or get a crazy idea or take on a project? What am I seeking in trying to decide if I want to travel or relocate or date or grow my company? The end game gets so fuzzy in the day-to-day. We get stuck in the cycle of “I want to meet my workout goals,” or “I really want a vacation,” or “I need to avoid that donut.” These things are so automatic, but we don't really stop to think about the end game. Why are we doing all of these things in the first place?
Even though it sounds final, the “end game” can always change as we grow. Sometimes things don't work out how we imagined or we might seek something more or different than what we had thought before. And even though the end game seems like it should be painfully obvious, it's totally okay if it isn't. I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm no longer tied to a person or a family or a geographical location – that really changes what you think you want out of life. You can dream bigger or you can dream different, but the point is that you can still dream AND have time to take actions to work on getting there.
There's power in asking the question, and it offers a level of clarity I haven't had in a while.
Do you think about your end game?